Dr. Harness shares the latest research on breast cancer.
The latest research on breast cancer is a huge question, and here’s what I think is the fair answer to that. There is so much going on in the research labs right now that the takeaway message for patients is we want to make sure they have the absolute state-of-the-art care as we understand it today, excuse me, so that they get well down the road as new research catches up with them, particularly if they were to have a recurrence of the cancer down the road.
It is monumental, the amount of research going on on breast cancer, related to the genome project, related to high speed computers, related to better molecular analysis. It’s staggering what’s going on. The goal is to have targeted therapies, a drug like Herceptin which goes against HER2/neu-positive breast cancers, targeted having great impact. We need 20 or 30 more drugs like that for all the different kinds of breast cancers.
About Dr. Harness, M.D.:
Dr. Jay Harness, M.D., is the Director at St. Joseph Hospital Comprehensive Breast Center. Practicing medicine for 35 years, Dr. Harness specializes in general surgery and medical oncology. Graduating medical school from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, he conducting his internship and residency at the University of Michigan Medical Center. Recognized nationally and internationally for his work in breast and endocrine surgery, Dr. Harness is the immediate past-President of The American Society of Breast Surgeons and is President-elect of Breast Surgery International. Dr. Harness can assist patients in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.